Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment
Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment
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Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment

Written by Parker Curry and Jessica Curry & illustrated by Brittany Jackson
Part of the Parker Book Series
Published by Aladdin Books
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A rainy day trip to the art museum leads to an extraordinary moment of transformation for a young dancer.

Parker loves to dance, but one ordinary, rainy Tuesday, the D.C.-based young ballerina skips dance lessons to instead join her mom and younger sister Ava on a spontaneous trip to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. To Parker’s delight, her friend, Gia, meets her there, and together they enjoy a frolic through the galleries, viewing and enjoying the art on display at the museum through their youthful, happy eyes. Jackson masterfully depicts this idea of seeing the featured paintings through Parker’s and Gia’s young eyes, exaggerating the elegance and sparkle of the painting August Belmont and Isabel Perry, and playfully showing the girls’ disgusted reaction to the work The Chinese Fishmonger as the dead fish spill out the sides of the frame. But an ordinary day becomes extraordinary for young Parker, the ballerina, when she finds herself looking up at Amy Sherald’s portrait First Lady Michelle Obama. A flood of energy and emotion overtake Parker, and while her mother pours out words of adoration about the former first lady—“Mother,” “Caring,” “Advocate,” “Sister”—, Parker is captivated. “She’s a queen,” she thinks to herself, and moments later, Parker is stunningly portrayed dancing in the same dress worn by Obama in her portrait. The scene marvelously captures the inspiration, hope, and example Obama is to a rising generation. Jackson’s illustrations throughout are remarkably beautiful, with enchanting detail and depth in the digitally rendered pictures. Jessica Curry is true to including her daughter Parker’s voice in the story, and the two are listed as co-authors.

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Book Details

ISBN
9781534451865
Publication Date
October 15, 2019
Page Count
40
Words Per Page
10
Audience
Picture
Reading Age
4 - 8 years
ASIN/ISBN 10
1534451862
Est. Lexile® Level
~401L
Est. Fountas & Pinnell Level
~L
ATOS® Book Level
2.8
Accelerated Reader® Points
0.5
Accelerated Reader Quiz
505249
Accelerated Reader Interest Level
LG

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